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Developmentally disabled helped by passage of state funding bills
Daily Breeze - Los Angeles

People with developmental disabilities scored a victory Monday when California lawmakers passed bills that save Medi-Cal and increase funding for agencies that serve 300,000 residents with cerebral palsy, autism and Down syndrome.

The bipartisan approval of the package means that a managed care organization (MCO) tax will secure $1.3 billion in Medi-Cal reimbursements from the federal government. Its companion bill, known as ABX2-1 and also passed with a bipartisan vote, will provide a 7.5 percent increase for direct care staff and a 5 percent increase for supported and independent living for people with developmental disabilities.